Great news! Today, I’ve accepted an offer from Broadway, the publisher of Something Missing, for my second book, Unexpectedly, Milo. And happily, I can continue working with my editor, Melissa, even though she’s now working in another division of Random House. We just spoke over the phone and are equally enthusiastic about the road ahead.
After many machinations, things seem to have worked out just fine.
As a result of today’s deal, my wife can take another year off from teaching and stay home with our daughter, Clara. It was difficult for us to imagine sending our little girl to daycare each day, but thankfully, Elysha and I can put off all thoughts of that scenario for quite a while.
Happy day for our little family!
I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have a deal for my second book. After finishing Something Missing, I worried I might be little more than a one-hit-wonder. A one-trick pony. An author with just one good story inside him. I like Unexpectedly, Milo a lot, at least as much as Something Missing. Though Taryn and my friends and family also love the story, I spent about ten months (the time it took to write the book) wondering if my publisher, or any publisher, would feel the same.
I rarely lack confidence, so the past month or so has been especially difficult for me. Wondering, worrying, and often assuming the worst. But that’s all behind me now, as I look forward to a summer of editing my second book and working (and perhaps finishing) my third.
My wife and I are off to celebrate with cheeseburgers and fries.